TERRE HAUTE – Broadband expansion in the area could soon become a reality with Joink being awarded nearly $2 million for West Central Indiana projects.
This past May, Joink submitted 11 projects to the State’s Next Level Connections (NLC) Broadband Grant Program.
Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday announced the second round of NLC funding awarding $51 million in funding for 50 broadband infrastructure expansion projects across the state, including seven of the Joink projects.
“We are grateful for the State’s selection of our applications,” Josh Zuerner, President and CEO of Joink said. “We would not have the underground fiber optic network we have today if it wasn’t for our customers. Over the years, we have expanded one customer at a time, with each customer getting us closer to the next. It truly is our customers who have put us in a position to apply for such funds. I am appreciative of our team, our business partners and the community leaders who have supported our growth. We are proud to be a business operating in Indiana.”
The $100 million Next Level Broadband Grant Program is the largest single state investment in broadband. In total, rounds one and two of the programs have awarded more than $79 million for broadband infrastructure for more than 21,900 homes and commercial locations in 41 counties.
This second round of funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 10,590 homes and commercial locations across 32 counties. Nearly 200 of these households are included in Joink’s projects across three counties in West Central Indiana – Parke, Vermillion, and Vigo.
“This award will enable both the City of Terre Haute and Vigo County to attract and retain economic development opportunities, employers and employees, and build upon our existing assets and enhance the quality of service and care for our city,” Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said. “We look forward to the progress ahead.”